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812631S Project II, 14 ECTS cr 
Code 812631S  Validity 01.01.1950 - 31.07.2014
Name Project II  Abbreviation Project II 
Scope14 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline3259 Information Processing Science 
TypeCourse   
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
 
   
Unit Information Processing Science DP 

Teachers
Name
Tonja Molin-Juustila 

Description
ECTS Credits 

14 ECTS credits/370 hours of work

 
Language of instruction 

English/Finnish.

 
Timing 

1st year of Master’s studies for three periods: spring semester, periods 3 & 4; and 2nd year, autumn semester, period 1 (recommended). Or 2nd year, autumn semester, periods 1 & 2; and spring semester, period 3.


 

 
Learning outcomes 

After completing the course students should demonstrate their abilities to work on a challenging ICT project. Students will learn to acquire and apply new knowledge in the topic of the project, as well as to analyse and report the created new knowledge to peer student groups. Students will also demonstrate their skills to conduct an ICT project in a professional way. By completing this course, students can act as independent professional members of an ICT project. The skills learnt are in two parts: expertise in the project topic and pro-fessionalism in the project work and management.

As an expert in the topic area the student:
•    Can search research articles on some topic of the project;
•    Can apply this knowledge in his/her project work;
•    Can evaluate the results of the project and the practical experiences gained during the project against the literature and research;
•    Can disseminate the results and experiences in credible way to peers both by a writ-ten report and orally.

As a professional in conducting a project in managed way the student:
•    Can plan the project;

•    Can search up to date information on the topic of the project and apply this in the project work;

  • Can manage the progress of the project with the steering group/project team or-ganisation (reporting the progress and results of the project, the use of the steering group in decision making and problem resolution);

•    Can follow the progress of the project in real time within the project team;
•    Can work as a responsible project team member;
•    Can produce realistic outcome in relation to project resources.

 
Contents 

Starting lecture, where the steps of carrying out the course will be described together with allocating the project assignments to project teams. The project work will take about two periods (one semester) followed by the third period for analysis, reporting and presentation of the expertise on the topic.

 
Mode of delivery 

Face-to-face teaching at the beginning and in the end together with web-based learning environment, mainly project work as collaborative team work, each project group supported with private supervisor.

 
Learning activities and teaching methods 

Project work 300h and seminar ca. 70h per student. Attendance at the starting lecture and the presentation sessions (1–2 days) is mandatory. International exchange students have an option to participate only in the project part of the course (300h). In this case the ECTS credits will be 11. See Project in Distributed Global Context (817606S).

 
Target group 

Master’s level students

 
Prerequisites and co-requisites 

Mandatory: B.Sc. degree or other equivalent degree. Students enrolling directly to the Master’s programme should take the “Project Management Principles (811311A)” course first (autumn semester, 3rd year of B.Sc. studies, period 1) or otherwise master the basics of project work and management as in Pressman, R.S. Software Engineering: A Practitioner’s Approach, the chapters related to project management.

 
Recommended or required reading 

 

  Unique project material provided by the customer of the project and/or material to be collected and studied by the project team.

 
Assessment methods and criteria 

Professional project management skills will be reported in a project portfolio. Expertise on the topic area will be reported in the seminar report. Seminar presentation will also be evaluated. Assessment criteria will be given at the starting lecture and in the web-based learning environment in detail.

 
Grading 

Every member of a project team will get the same grade. The grade (scale 1–5) will be based on:

•    Project management skills (75%)
•    Expertise in topic area (20%)
•    Oral presentation (5%)

 
Person responsible 

Tonja Molin-Juustila

 
Working life cooperation 

Yes. Learning by doing, i.e. managing authentic, resource-limited project work and integrating the practices of an academic expert into the unique project assignment.

 
Other information 

This course will be closed from autumn 2013 and it will be replaced with two new courses: Project II 817606S (11 ects) and Project II Seminar 817609S (3 ects). Students, who has started this course January 2013 will still do their course and seminar according to this course description. Students, who will start this course September 2013, enrolled for this course during summer 2013, will actually do the two new courses. Please, study the descriptions of the two new courses. You will find them by clicking "search courses" (not "search for instructions and examinations").

 


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